Though growing up “a major carnivore”, the iconic outspoken front woman of the Runaways and the Blackhearts has been vegan since the 1980s: “Twenty years ago I thought: What's the difference between eating a bloody steak and killing my dog, slitting him open and roasting him?".
The growing conviction that eating meat was wrong was cemented by having her eyes opened to the realities of food production by John Robbins’s Diet for a New America.
Since then, her love of animals and concern about the environmental effects of factory farming have led her to become a committed vegan and activist. “I’m not a preacher, I’m not dogmatic, I let people come to their own conclusions, but I promote it at a healthy level through PETA” she said in an interview in 2010.
Though her uncompromising views proved unpalatable for South Dakota ranchers last year (they insisted she be removed from the state’s float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade), the singer is firmly committed to a cruelty-free lifestyle. “Cutting meat out of your diet is the best thing you can do for animals and your own health. Did you know it’s one of the best things you can do for the planet too?” she says in her PETA testimonial.